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Insider sources have divulged some impressive knowledge to the Petri IT Knowledgebase: Windows 10 has exceeded 100 million installs as of last week. This means it took Windows 10 just two months to do what Windows 8 did in eight months. That's the power of free (and good), we suppose.
All signs point to that number increasing even more before long: analysts claim more interest in the OS is just going up, Microsoft has recently signed a deal to get it over to China (which, if you live under a rock, is home to well over 1 billion potential customers), and the Surface Pro 4 is expected to be announced very soon.
Microsoft wants to hit 1 billion installs within three years. Given the rate of progress so far, that should be doable.
Privacy has been a big concern for a lot of Windows 10 users since the operating system's launch two months ago. If you believed the rumors, you might think we really were headed for a Skynet situation.
Today, Microsoft's Terry Myerson assures users there's nothing to be alarmed about, that their only goal with the information they collect is to make Windows perform better and be more personal. From the Windows Blog: "We collect a limited amount of information to help us provide a secure and reliable experience. This includes data like an anonymous device ID, device type, and application crash data which Microsoft and our developer partners use to continuously improve application reliability. This doesn't include any of your content or files, and we take several steps to avoid collecting any information that directly identifies you, such as your name, email address or account ID".
He continued: "A great example of how this data was used effectively was just last month, when aggregate data showed us that a particular version of a graphics driver was crashing on some Windows 10 PCs, which then caused a reboot. This driver was not widely used, but still the issue was impacting customers. We immediately contacted the partner who builds the driver and worked with them to turn around a fix to Windows Insiders within 24 hours. We used the data on Insiders' devices to confirm that the problem was resolved, and then rolled out the fix to the broad public via an update the next day - all-in-all, this data helped us find, fix and resolve a significant problem within 48 hours".
Enterprise customers will be able to disable this tracking soon, though the company strongly advises against it.
That's all well and good, but there's also text message tracking (for suggestion purposes) and personalization tracking (which lets Microsoft know you're really into the Seahawks, for example). If that sort of thing creeps you out, you can disable it via the Settings > Privacy menu, if you haven't already done so when you installed the OS.
Said to help deliver "a custom experience" for Chinese users through the implementation of local browsing and search options, Microsoft's partnership with Baidu was announced in September 23 and aims to spread Microsoft throughout this Eastern nation.
This partnership will see Baidu.com become the new Windows Edge browser home page, plus a 'Windows 10 Express' app will be developed in order to help end users install the operating system in the first place. If this wasn't enough to entice users, Baidu will also be offering "Universal Windows Applications for Search, Video, Cloud and Maps for Windows 10" as reported by ZDNet.
Microsoft says that "we remain deeply committed to delivering Bing around the world and we're also committed to offering locally relevant experiences - like Baidu in China - to provide great Windows 10 experiences" when asked about what this partnership will do to its own search engine.
According to a few users, the ~BT Windows 10 folder has been appearing on users' machines even without them agreeing to the upgrade from their Windows 7 or Windows 8 installations.
Microsoft has confirmed the news with The Inquirer, VentureBeat and PCWorld. PCGamer reports: "Users have been able to opt-in to the free Windows 10 upgrade if they're running Windows 7 or 8, but apparently even if they don't, the files are being downloaded anyway. It's happening on devices which have automatic updates allowed, which we'd generally recommend to catch the latest security and stability updates for Windows".
Microsoft sent a response, where they said: "For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they'll need if they decide to upgrade. When the upgrade is ready, the customer will be prompted to install Windows 10 on the device".
The latest Android OS market share numbers are here, with Android 5.x Lollipop with 21% but interestingly, a huge 39.2% are still using Android 4.4 KitKat.
Android 4.x.x Jelly Bean is still rocking along on 31.8% of devices, with the older versions of Android still being enjoyed in big numbers. Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3.x Gingerbread are still holding onto 4.3% between the both of them. Back to Android 5.x Lollipop, which is up to 21%, up from the 18% of devices it was on recently.
If you've already installed Windows 10, you might have already received a few security updates and patches for your OS, but come next month, there will be a major, non-patch update for Windows 10 known as Threshold 2, or Wave 2.
The new update will arrive in November after it has been delayed from its original October release window. The new Threshold 2 update will include a few smaller changes, as there is a bigger 'Redstone' update that will be released sometime in 2016. As for the patch expected in November, we are to expect a new Messaging app that will have Skype integration and Chrome-like extension support for Microsoft's Edge browser.
We will have more information on the patch in the near future, but I think the Redstone patch is going to be the big new interesting one, coming in 2016.
In case you didn't know, Microsoft has the rights to install system software updates to your installation of Windows 10, whether you want to, or not. Some experts don't agree with this stance from Microsoft, but it is leaving some users completely baffled about what is being installed onto their systems.
Microsoft recently spoke with The Register, where it confirmed that the "only time it will detail the type of updates it pushes down to users machines will be for significant updates", reports BGR. Microsoft continued: "As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we'll deliver with Windows as a service. Depending on the significance of the update and if it is bringing new functionality to Windows customers, we may choose to do additional promotion of new features as we deploy them".
The Register added: "Updates that offer minimal information about their functions don't inspire confidence. They should inspire the opposite - suspicion - not least because of Microsoft's historic sermonising about trust". And we would have to agree. Not knowing what is being installed into the operating system of your machine, if it were by someone else, would be malware, a trojan horse, or similar. Microsoft is definitely not providing confidence in users installing Windows 10, that's for sure.
Released recently, the latest update for Microsoft's technical preview of its new Windows Server 2016 operating system has seen the inclusion of containers for apps, explained by iTnews as "created and managed with the open-source Docker set of tools."
This feature is said to be more efficient than virtual machines of the past, allowing the use of shared resources from a host OS, rather than relying on a numerous virtual machines to process apps separately. This means that applications running within the container will be able to function separately as if they were running on different operating systems, but be contained within one single OS.
Microsoft has promoted the flexibility of these containers, promoting use towards open source operating systems and applications. The idea of running apps separately isn't exactly a new one, but this is a large step towards easy integration into a base operating system.
It hasn't even been a month since Microsoft released Windows 10, but there have been 53 million installations of the new operating system so far.
According to StatCounter's data, Windows 10 now accounts for 4.95% of the OS market share, with Windows 10 being installed on 1500 machines per second at its peak. NetMarketshare is reporting that Windows 8.1 had 13.09% of the market by the end of July, while OS X 10.10 had 4.74%. Windows 10 has, in three weeks, surpassed Apple's most recent desktop OS.
The best numbers will come directly from Microsoft, with the only announcement so far being 14 million installations. It would also help that most people installing Windows 10 are upgrading for free, from previous versions of Windows.
We knew it was coming, but we didn't know what the 'M' in Android 6.0/Android M stood for. Well, now we do: Marshmallow. Before the announcement, there were rumors that the 'M' stood for macadamia, but marshmallow is definitely more appropriate, especially when considering the previous nicknames for Android releases.
Google has officially confirmed the delicious new iteration of Android as Marshmallow with a new Android mascot holding a bigger-than-life marshmallow at its Mountain View-based HQ. Every release of Android since the original Alpha and Beta versions have sounded just as delicious, with Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and now, Marshmallow.
The search giant has said that while the Android 6.0 SDK is final, the system images that are available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are developer preview versions, and are not intended for consumer use. As always, use at your own caution.